Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have presented their nomination of 23 players to compete in women’s hockey at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Cheer extra hard for Team Canada as there are two Nova Scotians on the roster. Forwards, Jill Saunier of Halifax, NS and Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, NS.
“Never in a million years did I think I’d actually be playing hockey in the Olympics (for a second time), but I sure am glad that I followed my dreams and worked until they came true.” said Blayre Turnbull on Instagram. “These moments aren’t possible without the support of so many people & I can’t thank them all enough. Excited to head to Beijing 2022 and compete for a gold medal with the best crew around.”
According to her Team Canada profile, Turnbull enjoys spending the off-season by the water at home in Nova Scotia fishing for trout. She created the “Hope for Home Helmet Sticker” campaign that raised $20,000 for the families affected by the Nova Scotia mass-shooting in April 2020.
“I’ll think of some more words later but right now, I am speechless” Jillian Saunier posted to Instagram.
Saulnier loves spending time at her cottage in Nova Scotia where she rides motorcycles, surfs and swims.
The Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team features 13 silver medalists from PyeongChang 2018, six gold medalists from Sochi 2014 and two players who captured gold on home soil at Vancouver 2010.
Both Turnbull and Saunier were silver medalists at the 2018 games in PeyongChang.